BY Ian Dunn | September 26 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


Number of Scottish Catholics on the rise

The 2011 census of Scotland has discovered the number of Catholics in the country is growing.

Sixteen per cent of the population identified as Catholics, the same as the last census in 2001, but the growing population means there are 37,000 more Catholics in Scotland than a decade ago.

The census found that as of 2011, there were 841,000 Catholics in Scotland.

The proportion of Catholics in the population was generally highest in council areas in the Greater Glasgow area, with the highest percentage in Inverclyde at 37 per cent.

The total number Scots identifying as Christians still comprises more than half the population at 54 per cent, though the number of people who profess no religion has gone up to 37 per cent ,an increase of 9 per cent from 2001.

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